Product Litigation Safety Act

By February 16, 2008Briefly Legal

Several Senators who have been working on legislation to revise the authority and budget of the Consumer Product Safety Commission have reached an agreement among themselves. After an initial review, the measure looks like another expansion of government at the expense of consumers. Trial lawyers will be pleased, though.

The NAM’s vice president who handles this issues summarized the legislation’s problems in today’s Washington Post story:

“We continue to have serious concerns about several of the provisions in this legislation,” Rosario Palmieri, a spokesman for the National Association of Manufacturers, said in a written statement. Palmieri singled out attorney general enforcement, whistle-blower protection and information disclosure for criticism, saying they would “not improve product safety or strengthen the CPSC, but instead promote litigation and lead to much more delay in taking action to address unsafe products and protecting the public.”

A grandstanding attorney general might sue not to protect the consumer, but for political PR? THAT never happens.

WSJ story is here.


The full statement:

We believe that the Senate provisions dealing with attorney general enforcement, whistleblower and information disclosure, among others, would not improve product safety or strengthen the CPSC, but instead promote litigation and lead to much more delay in taking action to address unsafe products and protecting the public.

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